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Virginia Allen Jensen Papers

Identifier: CLRC-43

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts and notes related to several titles translated from Danish by Virginia Allen Jensen, an unidentified typescript written in Danish, and a mock-up for a touch-and-feel style children's book called "Little Rough and Little Smooth," that appears to have never been published in that form, although Jensen published similar titles for blind children.


  • 1968-1972, undated


Language of Materials

Collection is in English and Danish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Sketch

Virginia Allen Jensen was born September 21, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa. She married Fleming Jakob Jensen in 1953 and had 3 children. She graduated from Bennington in 1950 and did graduate work at the University of Minnesota. She began writing children's books in the 1950s and published her first book, Lars Peter's Birthdayin 1959. In the 1960s she also a began to translate Danish language children's books into English; her first translated work was Ib Spang Olsen's The Marsh Crone's Brew, published in 1960. Ms. Jensen has continued to write and translate, and her work has won recognition on both sides of the Atlantic and in each area of skill. Throughout her career she has been noted for her accurate translations, and for helping Danish children's books to become available to a wider audience. She has also written books for the blind, using texture and shape as a way of helping visually handicapped children explore the world of reading in new ways.

Biographical source: Something About the Author, vol. 8


5 folders


Virginia Allen Jensen's papers focus on her work both as author and translator of children's books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Virginia Allen Jensen

Virginia Allen Jensen Papers, 1968-1972, undated
Jim Eyer
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library